I just got back from two weeks on the road–camping across the south and stopping in places like Louisville, Memphis, Shreveport, Dallas, El Paso, Las Cruces, White Sands, Phoenix, Joshua Tree, and Palm Springs.
It was a trip. I got a lot of reading, knitting, and sun in. It was magical. My field bag kept me company. And you can see snaps here.
One of my coworkers is having her first child in a few short weeks. I’ve always loved the idea of babies in cardigans usually reserved for grandpas. So, I knit her newest bundle–a boy–an Elwood cardigan by Jenny Wiebe.
I love everything about this pattern–the stripes, the shawl collar created with short row shaping, how quick it knits up.
I am confident this baby will look a stunner; this was knit using two skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the glazed pecan colorway, and one skein in bloomsbury. Even better? It was a complete stash buster, right down to the buttons, which I had on hand and fit perfectly with my color palette.
I can’t wait to see how he looks sporting this sweater. And I’ve already planned a blue and orange Elwood for another bundle on the way. Eventually, I want to make one for my 5 year old nephew in a solid color, too.
Here are my project notes.
Here is my finished Astrantia Cowl, which is featured in the beautiful collection Maine Knits by Beatrice Perron Dahlen.
This was such a quick and satisying knit; I used two and then just a few yards of the third skein of Quince and Co.’s puffin in the chanterelle colorway.
I love the lace and bobbles–its just enough detail to keep you interested, but not a difficult pattern to follow for some mindless knitting.
I’ll definitely be making a few other things from Maine Knits. If you haven’t seen the collection, what are you waiting for?
Here are my project notes.
I’ve been eyeing and gushing over Fringe Supply Co.’s field bags for a couple of years now. I’m an avid knitter and crocheter; for some reason I thought spending $65 on a tool bag seemed like an outrageous luxury; the kind of luxury that only the finest of knitters deserved.
What was I thinking? As someone who knits daily, it’s absurd to think I was in a category of passing fad makers was silly, really.
And so, I bought myself a toffee colored field bag and I’m never looking back. It has brilliant pockets for your notions and balls of working yarn. It sits upright and holds its shape when you are knitting.
It’s brilliant, really. If you are a knitter or crocheter–don’t wait. Get one.
I’m definitely a chocolate addict–dark chocolate, to be specific. These little homemade dark chocolate mousses were a perfect end note for Oscars night.
And I got to use my vintage mid century modern dessert glasses, a find gifted to me by my mum when I moved into my house.
Top with whipped cream. Devour.
This is my finished Seeds Hat from Jared Flood’s (of the always brilliant Brooklyn Tweed) book Woolens, which came out last fall. Despite scooping up the book as soon as it was released, it wasn’t until last week that I finally picked my first project.
Seeds hat, it is.
There are a number of other items I want to knit from this gorgeous spread, but I’ve been on a stash busting kick lately and I could put a dent in my Knit Picks Palette 100, which has been languishing in a bin for at least 5 years (you used to be able to buy a 100 skein pack–but I think they have added additional colorways and don’t see it as an option anymore; you should have seen the giant box it came in). Mostly, at the time it was gifted to me, I was doing a lot of small, color work projects and wanted an endless chain of colors to pick from. The 100 have served me well–and I’d say I’ve only killed off about 30 skeins!
Knit using coriander heather for the main colorway, I used bits of asphalt heather and bluebell for the striped sections. This was a really fast knit and you can carry your yarns up the work so there aren’t a million little ends to weave in.
The color combinations are endless; I imagine Sean will have one of these hats in his future, too. See my project notes here.